Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending February 21, 2014)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- 50 Smartest Companies 2014
These businesses are setting the pace of innovation. They’re shaking up markets or creating new ones.
- Why Illumina Is No. 1
After outflanking and outlasting competitors, it is on top of the genome-sequencing business—just as that market is about to soar in importance.
- A Battery with Liquid Electrodes Can Be Recharged or Refilled
ARPA-E is funding several projects that use liquid battery electrodes to cut costs and increase energy density.
- Glass, Darkly
For its wearable computer to be accepted, Google must convince people that the device isn’t creepy.
- Bitcoin Lacks the Properties of a Real Currency
The digital cash lacks most of the features economists value in a currency, says David Yermack.
- For Mice, and Maybe Men, Pain Is Gone in a Flash
Researchers find a way to turn pain on, and off, with a beam of light.
- Gene Test Helps Patients Avoid Thyroid Surgery
A molecular diagnosis gives doctors and patients better treatment options when suspicious lumps are found in the neck. <
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
Deep learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has quit Google
Hinton will be speaking at EmTech Digital on Wednesday.
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